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This Is War
Texas band Phantom X just keep pouring it on. The band just unveiled their third album and continues the push to improve on each release. Led by Omen vocalist Kevin Goocher this old school metal act embraces the US heavy metal scene of the 80s, recalling the best moments of Omen, Jag Panzer, Savage Grace and early Fates Warning. The album certainly borrows from its forefathers but never really comes across as generic or middle of the road. Definitely recommended for the old school devil horns!
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